I have been in dire need of a new pair of cycling and/or tri shorts for a few weeks. With my longest ride to date scheduled for this past Saturday, I figured it was finally about time I made my way to Sports Basement to find a new pair of shorts. It seems I’m not the only Ironman athlete who finds gear shopping an acceptable way to spend a Friday night. I bumped into two other IM Canada folks at the store.
I may have tried on every pair of shorts in the tri department. Zoots have an awful leg seam and rough edge on the padding. TYR shorts have a ridiculous design that makes it look like I put a leotard over my bike shorts. Sugoi were cut very small. And just when it seemed like I would suffer the same fate as Goldilocks, I found the shorts that were just right! De Soto 400 mile is it.
- The padding actually extends into the legs a little which helps provide more coverage and protection against your bike seat
- While a cycling short first, it can actually be used in triathlons
- The pad actually floats and stretches – you can feel it move with you as your position changes from climbing a hill to being in aero
- It has a great back pocket
I was a little worried that the shorts were a little sheer, but friends assured me they were ok. I wore them for the Marin Century on Saturday and had no complaints. I think I found a winner for Ironman Canada!
I did add one more item to the wish list once I found the shorts (thanks to talking to the other IM athletes). It’s a rather unusual piece of gear, but I covet an M-dot diamond necklace. That may be my first post-race purchase! I may “owe it to myself” when I complete this third Ironman.